Generation 2025;

What do you think the future will look like? Virgin Media Business have provided us with what they think the future in 13 years will look like. Check out the video below and let me know what you think:

Do you think we’ll be able to accomplish that in 13 years? And most importantly, do you like the look of the future?

I’ve mentioned before how much I believe in sustainability and maximising land usage, with that also comes a minimalist approach. I’m a firm believer in ‘less is more’ and I’ve very cautious of the things I buy (most my money actually goes on services and experiences rather than physical objects). My ideal future would mean I can be free to work from wherever I choose (like in the video above) and a future where flexibility is a given (not being tied to working 9-5pm everyday).

Now who’s with me?

My biggest passion;

In between taking in hours of property related information, my brain turning to mush today, so my favourite lecturer showed us a video that blew me away (there’s a reason he’s my favourite!)

The video was about how can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding. Taken from the website, “Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past”.

The video was short but it gave a glimpse into the future and boy am I excited about some of the things being thought of & hopefully, available soon.

How does an apartment with moveable walls sound? Using your study as a guest bedroom or even a work out room? Or how about moving that room aside and making the dining room a big room for a dinner party?

If you have the time, I urge you to watch the video here and let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these little ideas I’m oh-so passionate about- sustainability & green living.

You can see more images of Kent’s plans here.

Big dreams;

Cottesloe Beach on a winters morning

I was early for a valuation in Cottesloe this morning so I stopped along the coast and people watched. I watched people walking, running, paddle boarding (one of my favourite things) and sitting in the water, waiting for a decent wave…didn’t look very likely this morning. It was close to 8:30am and how I wished I was one of them.

You know that saying that goes something along the lines of, “If you’re not living your dream, why not?” This exact thought popped into my head this morning. Good news, I’m working towards my dream. As much as I say I love to be busy, living to me, is not working 8-6pm and then studying and assignments most nights & every weekend.

I’m counting down until summer break in 9 weeks when work quietens down and there’s no late night studying or last minute assignment stress (procrastination is my middle name). With the move closer to work next weekend, it means more time at the beach & less time driving….and I’m thinking I’ll have to negotiate time for weekly paddles at my next review for work!

What would be your perfect routine and how can you make it become a reality?

 

Stop making plans;

I never planned to live in Perth, nor did I plan to stay here long (especially five years). Five years ago, I had all these plans written down; I was going to build a house in Devonport, and work somewhere nearby. But things came up & I was given a choice. I could of stayed in my hometown with all my friends and maybe someday, decided to make the leap but in 2006, I made that decision to try something new & if I didn’t like it, I could return.

Reading Olivia’s archived blog post ‘Plans vs Choices‘, it made me think back over the years and all the plans I’ve made that I just laugh at now. Majority were naive but most of them were a little unrealistic.  Sure it’s good to make plans into the future, to have a vision of where you see yourself or where you would like to go but I wish I knew then what I know now: Life cannot be planned.

Situations occur and decisions alter ‘the big plan of my life’. Nowadays, I have a list of things I would like to do and things I would like to achieve but I’ve also got a different mentality in that, if things on that list don’t happen, that’s okay. There is no point getting upset that things haven’t worked out the way you had planned, life is not a movie where you can yell ‘cut’ & edit things to be perfect. There’s far too many outside factors, things far beyond your control.

At the moment, all I have planned for the future is the possibility of a short holiday to Sydney & Melbourne at the end of the year. Nothing will be booked in until at least September & who knows what could come up in the next 3-4 months. If a better opportunity presents itself, I’m fine with that. I have no control of the direction my life takes but as long as I’m happy, there’s nothing to worry about.

This is just one of many reminders to myself to stop planning and to start living.

I don’t like goodbyes.

I’ve been very fortunate in the past year that I’ve been able to see my best friend four times, considering we both work full time, I study half the year and we live 8 hours flight apart.

It was S’s fourth visit to Perth since I moved over here five years ago, three visits thanks to her work, Virgin Airlines. It was one of our shorter times together but we did plenty to make up for it.

The goodbyes never get any easier though. This time was a lot harder than usual because neither of us know when we’ll be visiting each others home turfs next. While S is in the process of relocating to the east coast of Australia this year, I’ve got a lot of thinking to do about my future movements.

If I want to move back to New Zealand in the future, I need to stop making trips back home 1-2 times a year because it comes at a cost of visiting other places. There’s so many places I’m still yet to visit like New York, Thailand and Rio before I can even think about going back to some of my favourite places such as Bali, LA and Berlin.

I’m racking my brain trying to think of ways I can work less yet be able to travel more. Any ideas?

My weekend in iphone photos

Wheat bits with cut up kiwifruit


D’s kitten, Hendrix

The world’s yummiest cupcake

The view I see when I’m studying- very demotivating!

Perth- when it rains, it pours. The park near my house

What could be my future home….if I can save enough for a deposit in a year.

Everything always works out

I’m a firm believer that everything will eventually fall into place. Recently, I’ve been stressing about making a decision, as if my whole life depends on this decision and I have to make it RIGHT AWAY. That’s the kind of person I am, I want things now and fast.

Sometimes, you cannot rush these decisions, they simply come to you. I couldn’t have made this decision last week because I hadn’t of spoken to the people I spoke with today nor had someone declared a decision they made today, that pushed me to finally make the leap.

Note to self: Never force yourself to make a decision. These things come to you.